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Unique wall paintings discovered in Old Dongola
Old Dongola is an archeological site in Sudan. It is located at the site of Tungul, the capital of Makuria, one of the most prominent medieval African states. The team of researchers led by Prof. Artur Obłuski from the PCMA UW discovered unique wall paintings of saints and King David, one of the last rulers of Christian Makuria. The project is carried out under a European Research Council grant.
Physicists from the UW in Nature Photonics
Researchers at the UW's Faculty of Physics have developed a new, highly efficient technique that makes quantum information transmission dozens of times faster. The results of the research, published in the prestigious journal Nature Photonics, may in the near future contribute to the development of superfast quantum Internet connections.
First ERC Proof of Concept Grant in Polish humanities
Prof. Katarzyna Marciniak from the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” UW received the ERC Proof of Concept Grant for the project “The Modern Argonauts: A Multicultural Educational Programme Preparing Young People for Contemporary Challenges through an Innovative Use of Classical Mythology”. This is the first ERC Proof of Concept Grant in Polish humanities and the second ERC grant given to Marciniak.
University of Warsaw as a member of the ACTRIS-ERIC
The European Commission has taken a decision to establish the ACTRIS-ERIC consortium. Its aim is to concretise a long-term effort by several European countries to create a sustainable infrastructure supporting atmospheric and climate research. Poland is one of the 17 founding members of the consortium. The UW is represented in this group by Prof. Iwona Stachlewska from the Institute of Geophysics.
Physicists from the Utrecht University and the UW Faculty of Physics have observed - for the first time experimentally - the Brazil nut effect in a mixture of charged colloidal particles. The findings were published in “The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” (PNAS).
“Moiré structures can be formed as a result of interference, i.e. the overlapping of two layers of systems with a specific arrangement of points, lines or more complex systems - e.g. atoms in a crystal - rotated by a certain angle,” Professor Maciej Molas, from the UW’s Faculty of Physics says. The recent findings on moiré structures were published in the Science paper co-authored by Prof. Molas.
Ground nesting of chimpanzees in Congo
A team of researchers from the Faculty of ‘Artes Liberales’ at the University of Warsaw and the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystems Dynamics at the University of Amsterdam have conducted a study on the ground nesting of chimpanzees in the northern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The results are published in the prestigious journal “Folia Primatologica”.
In front of the Faculty of Medicine
On 17th March the representatives of the University of Warsaw and the Military Institute of Medicine – National Research Institute took part in a series of lectures and scientific meetings titled “Under the sign: Medicine”, which was accompanied by the unveiling of a new plate of the Faculty of Medicine.
Algorithms for elections
How to make voting-based decisions that better reflect voters' preferences? This question has been raised by an ERC Starting Grant recipient, Prof. Piotr Skowron from the UW Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics in his project “Proportional Algorithms for Democratic Decision”.
What is teotl?
Teotl was a key religious concept of the Nahuas. Did it refer to a “god”, a source of energy or a being from the afterlife? Dr Agnieszka Brylak from the UW Faculty of Modern Languages will try to find the answer to this question during the project “The concept of teotl: a complex approach to the principal religious category of pre-Hispanic Central Mexico”, financed with the ERC Starting Grant.
Fulbright Senior Award for a UW physicist
Dr Maciej Lisicki from the UW Faculty of Physics has been given a Fulbright Senior Award. The decision was made by the Board of the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission. As part of the grant, the UW scientist will study fluid transport by so-called active surfaces.
FOMO 2022. Poles and the fear of missing out
Every third teenager displays a strong fear of missing out (FOMO). This is one of the conclusions from the 4th edition of the research ‘FOMO 2022. Poles and the Fear of Missing Out.’ It was conducted by the researchers from the Faculty of Journalism, Information and Book Studies, and the Faculty of Psychology, the University of Warsaw.
On bryozoans in “Scientific Reports”
Prof. Mikołaj Zapalski from the Faculty of Geology, with colleagues from Estonia, Germany and USA, investigated and described an interesting material of bryozoans from the latest Silurian (about 420 mln years ago) of Estonia. The findings indicate that the studied organisms, either in symbiosis, or alone, are able to form other mechanisms to adapt to the surroundings.
The first “dormant” black hole outside our Galaxy
An international group of astronomers with the participation of scientists from the Astronomical Observatory of the University of Warsaw discovered a “dormant” stellar-mass black hole in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a neighbor galaxy to our own. It is the first object of this type found outside the Milky Way.
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